It's champ week! Meaning it's the last week of the college football season, which seriously flew by fast. Now, there were a bunch of surprising coaching moves earlier this week, starting with Lincoln Riley going to USC, Brian Kelly going to LSU and Notre Dame announcing Marcus Freeman as Kelly's replacement at Notre Dame. But we still have some games to watch, because aside from Georgia, there are some spots up for grabs in the College Football Playoff, so let's get to it.
Game of the moment -- SEC championship: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama (4 p.m. ET, CBS)
Title defenses usually fail. Nick Saban's Alabama has won six of the past 12 national titles but repeated as champion only once, in 2011-12. In the past 40 years, USC (2003-04) and Nebraska (1994-95) are the only other teams to pull it off. The U never did, nor did Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles.
Some title defenses fall flat quickly, but champions often make it pretty far down the road before succumbing. Florida State (2014), Alabama (2016 and 2018) and Clemson (2017 and 2019) all made it back to the CFP, for instance. But when the end comes, it can be pretty harsh. Think Oregon 59, FSU 20 (in 2014), or Clemson 42, Bama 13 (in 2018). Read more from Bill Connelly's champ week preview (ESPN+).
For a complete breakdown on the implications of every championship game on the playoff race, check this out.
Play of the day
Talk about defensive effort! Jairon McVea came through when it counted most.
BAYLOR STOPS OKLAHOMA STATE ON 4TH DOWN 😱 pic.twitter.com/9JlKW4ZLrv— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2021
Seriously, it was THIS close.
Newly crowned champs
Baylor runs the Big 12.
Utah won its first Pac-12 championship after handily beating Oregon.
Utah beat Oregon by a combined score of 76-17 this year 😳 pic.twitter.com/Va7rSfeA2O— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 4, 2021
MEEP MEEP. From Bottom 10 misery to champs, UTSA did it.
Speaking of turning things around, that's exactly what NIU did this season
Champ week highlights
The toe drag is everything on this catch!
THIS CATCH ... WOW 🤯 pic.twitter.com/NPazW2ylPb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2021
Matt Jones has some serious hops.
Baylor intercepts Spencer Sanders for the second time in the first quarter 👀 pic.twitter.com/PgL1exrTmN— ESPN (@espn) December 4, 2021
Let's call it a day and crown the dog the winner, all right?
Future GameDay guests, take notes.
And Lee Corso's pick is ...
For all the best signs, check this out.
It's all fun and games
Reese had to step it up a level for her final pick of the season.
Scene in the stands
Same, girl. Same.
Deion Sanders wants to see a full house for the SWAC title game, and he doesn't even care who you might root for.
Coach Prime on Saturday's SWAC title game vs Prairie View:— Khari Thompson (@_KhariThompson) December 2, 2021
"This is Mississippi vs. Texas. If you can't get up for that, something's wrong with chu. C-H-U." pic.twitter.com/GNpPc1OI1l
Introducing your new head coach
What a warm greeting.
Fans at GameDay serenade Lincoln Riley with 'SEC' chant
New USC football coach Lincoln Riley explains how his life has been since he was introduced as the new coach.
Marcus Freeman already has won over his players it looks like.
And, well. Brian Kelly has taken to the South quite fast.
Best of luck to Grace.
Brian Kelly's daughter Grace on Tik Tok. pic.twitter.com/RlbXwgo1QX— Ben Coil (@CometCoil) December 4, 2021
Lane Kiffin has added some Air Diors to his sneaker collection, and yeah, we're a little bit jealous.
We like anything shiny and eye-catching, and that's exactly what these cleats are that Oregon wore in the Pac-12 title game on Friday night.
For all the best uniforms of the week, check this out.
Feel-good moments of the week
Utah had a moment of loudness rather than silence to honor Aaron Lowe and Ty Jordan.
Just a taste of the moment of loudness here pic.twitter.com/BYW6h46NWq— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) December 4, 2021
Nothing better than this: RC Slocum ringing the bell.
I've seen a lot of wins over the years, but seeing R.C.Slocm ring the bell at Baylor Scott and White this afternoon signaling the completion of his cancer treatment was a special victory! We'll hear from @rcslocum at 6 and 10 on @KBTXSports @KBTXNews pic.twitter.com/csqcOBFRKA— KBTX News (@KBTXNews) November 29, 2021